Call for Ideas: Installations of the Future

The Mad Scientist Initiative, in collaboration with the Army Secretariat and Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), will further examine the role of the smart installation at the Installations of the Future Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on 19-20 June 2018.

In conjunction with this conference, the Mad Scientists are sponsoring an associated Call for Ideas writing contest. Contributors are asked to consider how installations will operate and project force in the Operational Environment (OE) of 2050, and submit either a Research Topic or A Soldier’s Letter Home from Garrison.

Deadline: 15 March 2018

The best ideas will be published in a military or academic journal and invited to speak at a Mad Sci Conference. *Open to everyone. NO Military or DoD affiliation required.

Topics of Interest:

  • Current / emerging threat vectors facing installations
  • “Smart City” opportunities born of technology
  • Installations as Initial Maneuver Platforms
  • Enhanced warfighter readiness through synthetic training & brain “gyms”

Choose your method of submission: (papers, artwork, videos, and games):

  1. Researched Topics (see topics of interest, below)
  2. “A Soldier’s Letter Home from Garrison”

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be unclassified, unpublished, and cleared by your public affairs office and operations security managers (USG & as applicable).
  • Research papers: max 5000 words/12 point font.
  • “A Soldier’s Letter from Garrison” – max 2000 words/12 point font; video length max 5 minutes.

Writing Prompts to Consider (not intended to  limit imagination and creativity):

  • Considering Major Global Trends: demographics, urbanization, climate change, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data and analytics, technology, and increased human performance
  • Prompt 1: How will the Soldier of 2050 live, train, and deploy/fight from these Smart Installations?
  • Prompt 2: Soldiers’ letters home have been a window into warfare for hundreds of years. How will Soldiers describe garrison life to their loved ones in 2050?
  • Prompt 3: How will Recruiters in 2050 describe a smart installation to promote the Army profession and culture to teenagers?
  • Prompt 4: What will a “day in the life” of the garrison commander of 2050 look like?
  • Prompt 5: What role will installation’s play in “fighting” through the obstacles of cyber and information warfare, and to conduct battles from our bases?

Send your submission to: